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My mum was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease earlier this year and she seems to be struggling. Has lost confidence driving and getting out and about and I’m quite concerned that she is isolated at home. What can I do to help her get her confidence back?


Posted by jenniw, 8th September 2015


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  • How’s your mum coping now ? and are you able to support her ? My mums’s twin sister had parkinsons, she sadly passed away some time ago, fell down the stairs and died…


  • Does she gave access to the NDIS as that can help fubd therapy and supports such as a physiotherapist, occupational therapist or psychologist?


  • Visit her, spend time with her, listen when she speaks. That’s the best way to figure out what she needs and what she’s feeling


  • First of all be a good listener and never wave her feelings of inadequacy away. When your mum lost confidence in driving, it it’s probably better she doesn’t drive anymore. When she’s losing confidence to get out, help her to organise to get out or help her to organise for people to come to her place. Parkinsons is an awful disease, taking away from the persons abilities and very degenerative. There are organisations for Parkinsons, where you can get in contact with other sufferers and their family, tips and help.


  • Speak to your state/territory Parkinson’s Association. They have lots of great advice including support groups & social groups for mum (& family members). If you are helping look after her (or another family member) speak to the Carers Association who can talk to you about what your entitled to regarding help eg respite, transport etc. My dad has Parkinson’s & is very, very stubborn & we found subtle assistance/support helped. He has trouble getting out of cars but a device purchased at the RAA helped (it’s like a handle with spelt belt cutting & windscreen hammer) that hooks on to the inside of the door & helps them get out easier without help. Good luck, keep smiling & see if you can get help from the above Associations.


  • A close family member of mine had Parkinson’s. I would suggest your mother not drive anymore for her own safety as well as the safety of others. There is home care available as well as Parkinsons support groups that will be able to give you more information.


  • My mum has a group of friends and when someone isn’t well, they take it in turns to visit. Maybe organise a carer for her a couple days a week. Include her in you life as much as possible and get the rest of the family to input as well


  • This is a hard one .. There is plenty help for carers and family of people with sickness and disabilities .. I would find out what there is on offer .. There might support groups you could attend also .. Good luck


  • just be there with support and encouragement


  • with love! for goodness sake, this is an odd question. Sorry if I am misinterpreting, just let your heart rule, and their actions guide. Their brain is totally lucid their body wobbly!


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